Fear not, fans of Fox’s Planet of the Apes trilogy. In a recent interview, director Wes Ball seemingly confirmed that his iteration of the beloved franchise for Disney will at least exist in the same narrative universe.
In an interview given with Discussing Film, Ball detailed how his movie will act as a continuation of the Fox trilogy’s story.
Is Wes Ball’s Planet of the Apes a direct sequel?
According to the man himself, not quite:
We have a take. We have a way of staying in the universe that was created before us, but we’re also opening ourselves up in being able to do some really cool new stuff. Again, I’m trying to be careful here. I’ll say this, for fans of the original three don’t worry – you’re in good hands.
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It seems that Ball’s film will honor the spirit of the Andy Serkis-led Fox trilogy, but not necessarily be a direct sequel to War for the Planet of the Apes. Likely to focus on new characters, not Caesar, in a world where the apes slowly are becoming the dominant sentient species.
Planet of the Apes‘ Status
Due to the stoppage of film production worldwide after the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it is unclear where most films in pre-production are in their development process. Wes Ball gave an update on where his team currently stands:
Well, Planet of the Apes is moving forward and we have a giant art team cranking away on some incredible concept art. We’ve got the screenplay continuing to move forward, that will take the time that it takes and so that’s all good. Planet of the Apes is moving forward baby! Not only that, but we could actually be in virtual production relatively soon because it’s largely a CG movie.
It appears due to the heavy usage of CG imagery, Ball’s Planet of the Apes should be proceeding on schedule!
Are you excited to see what Wes Ball brings to the table? Which was your favorite film of the Fox Apes trilogy? Sound off in the comments below!